When you think of right-wing athletes, past or present, Curt Schilling should be one of the first that comes to mind.
But even Mr. Bloody Sock himself wouldn't back up Thomas in his decision to skip out on the White House visit last week.
"My biggest issue, from a personal perspective -- and again whether I question whether he went or not, I don't, he made the choice and he'll reap whatever he has to sow after -- I'm not a fan of our President I don't believe in a lot of the things he's doing, but I will always have respect for our office" Schilling said.
Thomas was pretty clear in his Facebook statement that he wasn't happy with the direction the government as a whole was heading. That feeling led to him not attending the event, while the rest of his team did.
But Schilling thinks that if Thomas had so many issues, it would have probably helped his cause further by going and stating some of his issues to President Obama himself.
"I would not have not gone," Schilling said. "And that's just me. Again, I think I would have had a better chance being at the White House than not and I certainly would have taken that chance."
Instead of a celebration of the Bruins being honored at the White House, it turned into a "Why didn't Thomas go?" event.
"I don't think the intent was to make it about him," Schilling said. "I don't think he sat out and said, 'I'll get attention if I don't go.'"
But that attention came. And while Thomas wouldn't speak on it, his teammates were forced to answer for him. That's something that Schilling himself says he realized once his career was finished, and wished he could act differently in that respect.
"The problem is that now you don't live in asylum," Thomas said. "His teammates are going to have go field questions and answer questions, and that's where so many times in my career I didn't factor that in. And that's just ignorance or immaturity, I'm not sure what, maybe both."
There's no room for "ignorance or immaturity" if you're the main reason the Bruins are what they are -- Stanley Cup Champions. Thomas has to realize what he means to the team.
"That guy is the Michael Jordan of the Bruins, and he is the face of that team whether he wants to be or not is irrelevant," Schilling said. "It's the thing I've always said, when you're the face of a franchise, fair or foul, right and wrong, they don't play in. You have a responsibility to your teammates, to the fans and the organization to represent them in a way that isn't counterintuitive to winning games."